Don't Buy a Plug-In Hybrid Until You Know What MPGe Means!

Many New Jersey drivers are taking the save-the-planet message to heart and investing in more eco-friendly vehicles. Plug-in hybrids in particular are where Ford Motor Company is hedging its bets, currently offering the Fusion Energi and C-Max Energi, with more plug-ins on the way.

These two models both offer excellent fuel economy certain to slice any driver's carbon footprint—but in researching them, you may have come across two different sets of numbers for efficiency. What's with that?

For the 2017 Fusion Energi, those numbers are:

  • 104 city/91 highway MPGe
  • 43 city/41 highway MPG

The top set looks much better than the bottom, which falls more closely in the range of efficiency you would expect out of most hybrid cars. In fact, it's the same EPA-estimated rating as the 2017 Fusion Hybrid.

Plug-in hybrids combine the best features of an electric car (EV) and a hybrid. They have a limited all-electric range (21 miles for the Fusion Energi) when charged via an outlet, but can also use gasoline in tandem with electricity for a longer 610-mile combined range.

When operating in EV mode, the Fusion Energi uses the equivalent amount of energy as a gas-powered car rated at 104 MPG would use, only in the form of electricity rather than gasoline. Hence the term MPGe: Miles Per Gallon equivalent.

If you need to drive farther than the 21-mile EV range, then the vehicle will burn gasoline, traveling about 42 miles on a gallon.

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